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Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science

Tarleton Texans know how to focus on life. In the biomedical science bachelor’s degree program, we help you focus your studies with relevant coursework and engaging activities that will set you apart in qualifying for professional school programs and future jobs. With an emphasis on hands-on experience in biological techniques and instrumentation used by biologists worldwide, the BS in biomedical science degree program enables you to gain job-ready training in biotechnology.
The following concentrations are designed to fulfill entrance requirements for medical, dental, pharmaceutical, physical therapy and veterinary programs in Texas and prepare you for entrance exams, such as the MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT and GRE.

  • General
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary

You may also be interested in a Science Certification or Life Science Certification to teach in secondary schools.

Many other universities with schools for film, game design and other fields in digital media separate their creative and technical disciplines, so a student must choose one field or the other. Fields like video game design and interaction design require both technical and aesthetic skills. At Tarleton, we offer a variety of opportunities to develop both in the same undergraduate degree program.

What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical science combines the fields of biology and medicine for a wide area of study in human and animal health and disease. It encompasses a variety of sub-disciplines ranging from public health and pharmacology to human physiology and genetic engineering. With a major focus on research, biomedical science employs technology, interventions and knowledge to advance the field and improve health in humans and animals.

At Tarleton, we continuously update our program curriculum to keep pace with the rapidly changing field of biomedical science and prepare undergraduate students for real-world situations that may arise in their careers.

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Science?

A biomedical science bachelor’s degree opens up many different career options in professional health and biomedical research, as well as related graduate school programs such as Tarleton’s MS in Biology.

Many of our graduates have successfully continued their education to earn doctoral degrees and pursue careers in scientific research, pharmacy, optometry, medicine, physical or occupational therapy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, psychiatry and radiology.

Why Major in Biomedical Science?

With a hands-on approach to learning, we help you develop knowledge, skills and experience through coursework and labs.

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Get involved with mentored faculty research

All biomedical science majors have opportunities to be part of meaningful, course-based undergraduate research while participating in the process of scientific discovery. You may also be able to present at a student or professional conference.

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Find a research area that matches your interests

Faculty are actively engaged with undergraduate students in a wide range of research areas, including biotechnology, behavioral ecology, physiology, molecular biology, systematics, pathogenic microbiology, virology, parasitology, evolutionary genetics, wildlife biology, conservation biology, aquatic or marine biology, field botany and plant biology.

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Gain hands-on experience outside the classroom or the lab

Internships, study abroad, service learning, volunteer activities, job shadowing and professional school fairs are all great ways to enhance your educational experience. The biomedical science bachelor’s degree program offers additional opportunities to get involved through the National Institutes of Health, Harris Methodist Hospital, National Science Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute SEA-PHAGES and SEA-GENES Projects.

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Join your peers in student clubs and organizations on campus

Alpha Epsilon Delta is a national health pre-professions honor society that encourages and recognizes excellence in scholarship. Members include pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, pre-veterinary and pre-medical majors, as well as undergraduate students in podiatry, optometry, clinical psychology and nursing. The Tarleton Environmental Society is a student organization committed to doing its part in minimizing humans’ impact on the environment through public awareness, community service and educational outreach.

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Get a low-cost, high-value bachelor's degree

Our BS in biomedical sciences offers numerous private and program scholarships for biomedical science majors , such as the AB Medlen Scholarship, Swan and Gaynelle Richardson Endowed Scholarship, David & Debbie Stanphill Scholarship, Pino Family Health Pre-professional Award, John & Lillie May Farley Scholarship and James Mack Foust Endowed Scholarship. You may also qualify for federal financial aid.

What Classes Will You Take as a Biomedical Science Major?

Our program curriculum includes a broad range of courses and other learning opportunities to prepare you for a variety of jobs in biomedical science. To help you narrow down your options and plan for the future, a course in Career Pathways in Biomedical Science is built into the curriculum. Other topics for all biomedical science majors, regardless of your concentration, include genetics, animal physiology, plant taxonomy, vaccines, virology and current topics in life sciences. Several courses integrate with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute SEA-PHAGES and SEA-GENES programs for bacteriophage discovery and characterization.

You may also be able to work with an adviser in customizing the program coursework to fit your career goals and interests.

View all required classes for the biomedical science bachelor’s degree.


How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences?

Take the next step toward earning your bachelor's degree in biomedical science. We have the resources to help you get started.

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Use Modern Biomedical Equipment and Technology

Our classrooms and labs are equipped with thermocyclers, fluorescent microscopes, digital UV and fluorescent spectrophotometers, a DNA sequencer and a fluorescent and luminescent plate reader and imager. We also have advanced cell culture facilities. As a biomedical science major, you’ll study DNA, proteins, cell biology, physiology and bioinformatics. If you’re interested in biomedical research, you can apply to work in our Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratories that are investigating infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria.

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Field Research at Timberlake Ranch

Timberlake Ranch and Biological Field Station supports a variety of biological species and diverse ecosystems and provides undergraduate research opportunities for biomedical science majors. Researchers explore ecosystem interactions, ecological and environmental impacts of changes in land use practices and more.

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Departmental Honors

Biomedical science majors can earn honors designation in biological sciences on their diplomas from the Honors College.

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Living Learning Communities

Join undergraduate students in biomedical science, including pre-medical majors, in the Biology/Biomedical Living Learning Community or Biomedical (Research) Living Learning Community. Biomedical science majors who participate in a Living Learning Community typically have a higher GPA than other on-campus residents.

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